Join us on Wednesday May 12th at 7pm for a showing of The War Game, by Peter Watkins. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this 45 minute film envisions an escalating war between NATO and the USSR resulting a nuclear attack on Great Britain. Originally written for the BBC, the film was deemed too provocative by the British Broadcasting Company.
World renowned film critic Roger Ebert gave the highest praise, and a perfect score, to The War Game: "They should string up bedsheets between the trees and show "The War Game" in every public park. It should be shown on television, perhaps right after one of those half-witted war series in which none of the stars ever gets killed.... it should be shown to the leaders of the world's nuclear powers, the men who have their fingers on the doomsday button."
We're honored to have received a video montage, and message from the filmmaker himself, Peter Watkins. After viewing the 45 minute film we'll be joined by internationally recognized expert on nuclear weapons, Dr. Ira Helfand, to take your questions.
Ira Helfand, MD is co-chair of PSR’s Nuclear Weapons Abolition Committee and also serves as co-president of PSR’s global federation, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). Dr. Helfand has worked for many years as an emergency room physician and now practices internal medicine at an urgent care center. Dr. Helfand represents IPPNW at the annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. He is also a member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)’s International Steering Committee. Dr. Helfand co-authored PSR’s report, Nuclear Famine: 2 Billion at Risk?, which outlines the global health consequences of regional nuclear war. He was a leading medical voice in ICAN’s campaign for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.